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Rendon to begin rehab assignment with Potomac

Jul 18, 2015, 11:49 AM EST

USA Today

Anthony Rendon will begin a minor league rehab assignment with the Single-A Potomac Nationals on Saturday night, Matt Williams revealed before the team’s quasi-doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Rendon will play third base as he recovers from a strained left quadriceps muscle. The P-Nats host the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 6:35 p.m. in Woodbridge, Va.

“Rendon right now is playing third. It’s the easiest position for him to play as he gets going,” Williams explained. “He doesn’t have to go as far, he’s a step and a dive either way. The movement is more limited at third base, so the initial thought is to get him out there and get him some reps at third and get him some game situations and then we’ll act accordingly after that.”

Rendon is expected to bat second and will likely be followed in the lineup by Jayson Werth, who is working his way back from a broken left wrist.

Werth was the designated hitter for Potomac on Friday night after playing in left field on Thursday night. Williams expects Werth to be back in the field on Saturday.

“He’s looking to play the field today. He DH’d last night, three at-bats. He came out of it fine. He’s actually here after. I spoke to him. He’s planning on going again today depending on how the body feels. We’ll go from there. As they have it right now, I believe that they’re both hitting two-three in their lineup today,” he said.

Rendon has been on the disabled list since June 25 and has appeared in just 18 games this season. Werth has been on the DL since May 16 and is hitting .208 with two homers and 12 RBI in 27 games.

  1. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Answering the musical question we’ve all been asking, where in the world is our regular third baseman?

  2. texnat1 - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    How’d you like to be a single A pitcher and have to face Rendon and then Werth?

    • therealjohnc - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:20 PM

      As a single A pitcher you want that. They play where you want to be, and if you handle those guys you send a message that you are someone to keep an eye on.

      • texnat1 - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:39 PM

        True. Just an unusual challenge.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:21 PM

      Sigh. I’d pay them for that chance.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:22 PM

        And in about twenty-five years, at some Nationals Fantasy Camp, we might get to.

  3. micksback1 - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    that is great news on Rendon. Watching Phil and Cueball head this morning on Nats Talk and Mike seems to be convinced that Desi will not be back in 2016 as he did not even entertain the notion of a 1 year deal offerred to him. In fact, I think Mike feels he will be dealt before the end of the month. I get the feeling that he knows something is up trade wise

    • Danny - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:06 PM

      We have known Desi was a goner next year before opening day.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 18, 2015 at 3:57 PM

      “Cueball head”….,,,really?

  4. Hiram Hover - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Awesome news!

  5. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 18, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    And their return should move the Nats down the chart for injuries/impact on team. Here’s this week’s chart:

    http://www.mangameslost.com/mlb-disabled-list-games-missed-and-tmitt-metrics-july-18-2015/

    Total Man-Games Missed on X, Impact (how important the players are to their team) on Y. See chart for details.

  6. natsjackinfl - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Sitting up here next to the Scoreboard Pavillion. Watched Stras throw about 15 full speed pitches off flat ground, Ryan Zimmerman take 5 full turns of 6 pitches each in batting practice, then about 5 minutes of grounders at 1st base. Then in what I found curious, Carpenter threw about 10 pitches at about 70% off flat ground.

    But no sign of D-Span.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:48 PM

      D Span is reportedly still doing flexibility exercises, not cleared to resume baseball activities yet. Flexibility exercises can be done inside where it’s cooler.

  7. veejh - Jul 18, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    We need Rendon’s bat sooooo bad in our lineup.

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